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COVID vaccines

Japan enlists lab staff and paramedics to reach 1m jabs a day

Suga also eyes pharmacists in all-out effort to speed up vaccinations

Senior citizens wait to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a newly opened large-scale coronavirus vaccination center in Aichi Prefecture.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will relax medical rules to allow more workers in the field to administer coronavirus vaccines as it strives to reach Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's goal of giving 1 million shots a day by mid-June.

The government will expand legal interpretation to authorize paramedics and clinical technologists to give inoculations. This is part of a support program compiled Tuesday to speed up vaccinations, which also includes added payouts to municipalities and medical institutions that administer a certain number of shots.

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